Death of an Artist by Kate Wilhelm

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...forgoes hot-button legal issues for a case that provides no mystery and little suspense


In Kate Wilhelm's latest crime novel, a small Oregon town is rocked by a wheels-within-wheels case of art, fraud, and murder.

Silver Bay, Oregon, a small coastal resort town with nearly a thousand residents, is home to three generations of women: Marnie, the long-widowed owner of a small gift shop; Van, her granddaughter who is about to graduate medical school; and Stef, mercurial, difficult, and a brilliant artist who refuses to sell her work. When Stef discovers that Dale Oliver—the latest husband/paramour in a very long line—is trying to sell her work behind her back, she puts a stop to it and threatens to do the same to him. Shortly thereafter, Stef dies in an accident in her studio, and Dale shows up with a signed contract granting him the right to sell her work. Convinced that Stef was murdered in order to steal her artwork, Marie and Van—grandmother and granddaughter—decide to do whatever is necessary to see that Dale doesn't get away with any of it. This includes enlisting the help of the new stranger in town, Tony, a former New York City cop, who might be the only one who can prove it was murder
and bring the killer to justice.


About Kate Wilhelm

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Author Kate Wilhelm was born in Toledo, Ohio on June 8, 1928. Since publishing her first novel in 1963, she has written over thirty books in many genres including science fiction, mystery, and fantasy. She and her husband, Damon Knight, taught many authors and helped establish the Clarion Writer's Workshop and the Milford Writer's Conference. She currently lives in Eugene, Oregon.
Published March 27, 2012 by Minotaur Books. 286 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Jan 31 2012

...forgoes hot-button legal issues for a case that provides no mystery and little suspense

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